SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –-(Ammoland.com)- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert took a walk through the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) last Friday, accompanied by Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) President and CEO Miles Moretti and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) President Byron Bateman.
MidwayUSA’s Larry Potterfield was in the hall at the same time, and the group spoke briefly about how much the MidwayUSA sponsorship has meant for the WHCE, which has been held in Salt Lake City for the past six years.
Governor Herbert also spoke briefly with C.J. Buck of Buck Knives, Scott Grange of Browning and Craig Fleener from the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game.
Moretti and Bateman walked with Governor Herbert to the Mossback exhibit area so he could see the first-ever mule deer taken on Antelope Island in 2011. They discussed the sometimes controversial issues surrounding the tag sale and hunt, but Moretti commented, “In the end, we were able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars for conservation.”
The two conservation leaders told the governor of the long and positive partnership between MDF and SFW, and discussed how they want to work more collaboratively with the state on wildlife and habitat challenges.
The Mule Deer Foundation is one of the key conservation groups in North America working to restore, improve and protect mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. With a focus on science and program efficiency, MDF has raised millions of dollars and put countless hours on the ground for mission-critical projects. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-DEER.
Headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educating the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuating the family tradition of hunting and fishing. Visit www.sfw.net or call 801-936-1386.